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Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

The other day my dad and I were trimming some branches for a different project (he was trimming, I was observing) and we were both struck by the gorgeous colors of the leaves on the branches he was pruning. One look and I knew right away that I had to create a tablescape around these leaves, and do it quickly before they fell off! Fortunately it was a cool, rainy day and the branches were able to sit out overnight while I gathered my thoughts and supplies to set up this outdoor thanksgiving table, or fireside thanksgiving table as I like to think of it.

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

When I first thought about this tablescape with tree branches as the centerpiece I knew I could go two ways – entirely rustic or punch it up with lots of golden accents. Clearly the gold won out!

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

The crepe myrtles that these branches came from are behind the evergreens and stone fireplace you see here, which is in my parent's backyard. I just love the colors of fall in Virginia!

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

I actually forgot I had these napkin rings (the perils of having so many treasures in my inventory!) but was super excited when I came across them in my napkin drawer. I bought these at a vintage shop but I found some similar Autumn Leaves Plated Pewter Napkin Rings on Amazon (affiliate link).

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Ah, the cozy lure of an outdoor fireplace. I love how it expands the outdoor entertaining season. By making it warmer, it means you can stand the cooler temps longer. Hooray!

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

The branches make a wonderful centerpiece and have an almost braided effect even though they are simply laying on the table. How easy is that?

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

I nestled in a few white pumpkins and some gilded pumpkins and votives for sparkle! Together they add interest without overwhelming the scene.

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

I've had these wire pumpkin placecard holders for ages and ages (you might recall seeing them here on my Cinderella inspired tablescape). I can't recall where I got them originally but I did find this set of Wire Pumpkin Cardholders here on Amazon (affiliate link).

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

I love plaid everything, even glassware!

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Even humble juice becomes glamorous when served in a cut-glass decanter like this. Lately, I'm really enjoying a Cranberry Hibiscus juice I found at my local Trade Joe's.

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Here's a fun overview shot. I know the table looks lush but it really did come together very quickly. Do you like what you see? Here's a handy image perfect for sharing on your favorite social media:

Outside Thanksgiving Table, Fireside Thanksgiving Table, Autumn tablescape, fall tablescape, plaid tablescape, gilded pumpkin table, fall leaf garland, fall leaf table, falling leaves table, outdoor fireplace table, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Have you decided how you will decorate your Thanksgiving table yet this year? So far this season I've shared this white pumpkin & plaid table, this aqua & orange table, and this blue, white & chocolate table. I can't decide which look will win the big day. I love them all in their different ways. Of course knowing me, I could end up doing something completely unique but even if I do, I have to say, I have truly enjoyed dreaming up all these options with you and I dearly hope you've enjoyed virtually dining at these tables with me!

p.s. I'm sharing this at Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday!

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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8 thoughts on “Outdoor Thanksgiving Table

  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    Absolutely gorgeous colors. I love autumn and the shades and hues are so stunning. Your table is beautiful and I’m sure the food will be just as good. Big hugs!

  2. Katie says:

    Wow this looks so beautiful – really perfect for this season – so thank you for the inspiration!!

    Love Katie

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  3. [email protected] Designs says:

    You were meant to be there when your dad was pruning his trees as it resulted in one of the most gorgeous Fall/Thanksgiving tables I have seen this Fall. Each detail is impeccably done. Can’t imagine how great it is to dine fireside on that exquisite table.

  4. Linda says:

    WhatI love about this setting is the use of colors and foliage. If only we had a big out door fireplace! We are having weekend company so I get to set our table in several different ways; the usual turkey china, Friendly village and the one I posted this week using blue and bronze. It is the newest one. Of course each year is a little different.

  5. Chas Greener says:

    Everything looks lovely. I have always wanted to have a Thanksgiving outside, it’s sadly just to cold where I live.

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